Brighton knitting queen's pin cushion Michael Gove is sell out hit

Knitting queen's pin cushion Michael Gove is sell out hit

Knitting queen's pin cushion Michael Gove is sell out hit

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Brighton's knitting queen is expanding her range of political figures after her Michael Gove pin cushion became a best seller.

Katrina Stiff, owner of Snorkers Imaginarium, revealed she has made 229 Michael Gove pin cushions and that orders keep coming in.

Katrina, from Clifton Hill, Brighton, was making pin cushions when the idea occurred to her to make a politicians head as a way for people to vent a little stress without getting into trouble.

She said: “My customers for the Michael Gove voodoo pin cushion are almost entirely teachers, or people buying gifts for teachers.

“I think it has sold so well because of the frustration they feel about him making all these changes to the education system which they neither agree with nor can do anything about.”

Katrina revealed that she had received a lot of positive feedback from owners of the woven Gove voodoo doll.

She said: “Feedback from people buying the Michael Gove pin cushions has been lovely – I have had some nice chats with people I wouldn’t have met otherwise.

“I think a lot of them find it helpful just to know that they are not alone in the way they feel about it all, and if it makes them laugh as well then that can only add to the therapeutic effect. I really think for some it has been therapeutic in the same way as it can be to scream in a field or punch a pillow.”

She has made an Iain Duncan-Smith and the next politicians to get the voodoo doll treatment will be David Cameron and Boris Johnson. Katrina is considering creating Nigel Farage and Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott cushions.

Katrina also revealed that she was attempting a very difficult recreation of a member of cabinet She said: “I have actually made one attempt at making Eric Pickles but it didn’t have enough chin so I’ll be having another go at that.

“I’m not sure how much wool I’ll need but I think it might keep C&H Fabrics in business.”

Katrina does not have any current plans to recreate any local politicians but she is open to suggestions.

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6:48am Tue 27 May 14

We love Red Billy says...

There is also a Brighton company called gzunder.com that produces chamber pots and dartboards with the faces of politicians on. I think there is a Kicat pot for those not happy with the current adminisration.
There is also a Brighton company called gzunder.com that produces chamber pots and dartboards with the faces of politicians on. I think there is a Kicat pot for those not happy with the current adminisration. We love Red Billy
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7:28am Tue 27 May 14

tykemison says...

We love Red Billy wrote:
There is also a Brighton company called gzunder.com that produces chamber pots and dartboards with the faces of politicians on. I think there is a Kicat pot for those not happy with the current adminisration.
That would be everyone then!!
[quote][p][bold]We love Red Billy[/bold] wrote: There is also a Brighton company called gzunder.com that produces chamber pots and dartboards with the faces of politicians on. I think there is a Kicat pot for those not happy with the current adminisration.[/p][/quote]That would be everyone then!! tykemison
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8:13am Tue 27 May 14

We love Red Billy says...

You may say that but I couldn't possibly comment. Democracy will have its way though in less than a year. The kitcat and the Maccafferty bowls are very funny though.
You may say that but I couldn't possibly comment. Democracy will have its way though in less than a year. The kitcat and the Maccafferty bowls are very funny though. We love Red Billy
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10:01am Tue 27 May 14

Elgabalus says...

SOLD OUT! How many did she make two three? Anyway yet another puerile adverty masquerading as news.

How about one with MICHAEL BEARDS @RSE on it..he might get off it and edit the paper!
SOLD OUT! How many did she make two three? Anyway yet another puerile adverty masquerading as news. How about one with MICHAEL BEARDS @RSE on it..he might get off it and edit the paper! Elgabalus
  • Score: -5

10:39am Tue 27 May 14

Kimetka says...

What a brilliant idea! I know some teachers who would love one of these, will she be making any more? Katrina, if you see this, our WI Brighton Belles, would love to have you along as a guest speaker or to attend one of our monthly stitch and **** sessions, please get in touch via our Facebook page!
P.S. Most of us also get our wool from the haberdashery and yarn establishment that is C&H, did you know you can also order online from www.candhfabrics.co.
uk
What a brilliant idea! I know some teachers who would love one of these, will she be making any more? Katrina, if you see this, our WI Brighton Belles, would love to have you along as a guest speaker or to attend one of our monthly stitch and **** sessions, please get in touch via our Facebook page! P.S. Most of us also get our wool from the haberdashery and yarn establishment that is C&H, did you know you can also order online from www.candhfabrics.co. uk Kimetka
  • Score: -1

10:53am Tue 27 May 14

Kimetka says...

Oops!!! That should have been
www.candh.co.uk
Oops!!! That should have been www.candh.co.uk Kimetka
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10:32pm Tue 27 May 14

Mr chock says...

Elgabalus wrote:
SOLD OUT! How many did she make two three? Anyway yet another puerile adverty masquerading as news.

How about one with MICHAEL BEARDS @RSE on it..he might get off it and edit the paper!
wow do you think she has said let me tell you about my knitting " or wow let me tell you about my company ? anyway the argus likes doing articles like this " human interest ...... i saw an article on a greyhound that hit it head against a glass door and died they are raising money for the dogs trust.. so that tiggy did not die in vain ... i guess the online paper has so much web space to fill they even repeat stories as if NEW news.. if you wish to donate to the dead dog fund search the argus for dog hits glass so far they have got 170 they wish to gift 1000 to the doggies...
[quote][p][bold]Elgabalus[/bold] wrote: SOLD OUT! How many did she make two three? Anyway yet another puerile adverty masquerading as news. How about one with MICHAEL BEARDS @RSE on it..he might get off it and edit the paper![/p][/quote]wow do you think she has said let me tell you about my knitting " or wow let me tell you about my company ? anyway the argus likes doing articles like this " human interest ...... i saw an article on a greyhound that hit it head against a glass door and died they are raising money for the dogs trust.. so that tiggy did not die in vain ... i guess the online paper has so much web space to fill they even repeat stories as if NEW news.. if you wish to donate to the dead dog fund search the argus for dog hits glass so far they have got 170 they wish to gift 1000 to the doggies... Mr chock
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1:06pm Wed 28 May 14

ninaknitpop says...

I have animated my knitting in the past, I reckon we should get together to create a project!
https://www.youtube.
com/watch?v=z5gazyxi
Vj8
I have animated my knitting in the past, I reckon we should get together to create a project! https://www.youtube. com/watch?v=z5gazyxi Vj8 ninaknitpop
  • Score: 0

1:48pm Wed 28 May 14

Dazi1956 says...

It's not knitting, it's crochet
It's not knitting, it's crochet Dazi1956
  • Score: 4

9:55pm Thu 29 May 14

N3TW0RK23 says...

Wow ive been dreaming about this! I need an Iain Duncan Smith Pin Cushion doll to stick my pins in you know, must be real likeness will pay good money for one, not joking either , is practicing voodoo illegal? anyway thanks all..
Wow ive been dreaming about this! I need an Iain Duncan Smith Pin Cushion doll to stick my pins in you know, must be real likeness will pay good money for one, not joking either , is practicing voodoo illegal? anyway thanks all.. N3TW0RK23
  • Score: 0

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